A bank teller from Kentucky is taking her religious beliefs to court – suing her former employer, the U.S. Bank, for unlawful termination on the grounds of religious discrimination. Polly Neace worked as a bank employee in Walton, Kentucky for over two dozen years before her employer had finally had enough of her “blessings.”
Reports the Inquisitr: Neace “has been accused of lecturing bank customers about salvation and preaching her beliefs to those who simply want to make a deposit or a withdrawal. At least one customer complained about Neace back in 2011, when this all started. Since then, Neace has lost her job — and is planning to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky.”
Yesterday, we brought you the details on this story:
The devoutly religious Neace says she walks the walk, attending church every Sunday and taking the opportunity to preach to others. But therein lies the problem – her employer says that as far back as 2011, complaints started coming in against Neace from customers who were uncomfortable with her telling them to “have a blessed day” or “God bless you.”
Bank management said Neace went beyond that as well – chastising a customer who she once heard take up the Lord’s name in vain, and lecturing both her customers and colleagues about going to hell and salvation.
Comments posted to the article above are largely in support of the bank on this one.
She should stop saying it or take the hit, or seek employment at a religious bookstore or the like. – Maxine Miller
Even after getting canned she is clearly missing the point here. I am certain if one of her customers had said, “May Allah, Buddha, Lord of the Mountains, The Lord of the Jungle, The God of the Rains, The Spirits of the Raging River Gods… bless you,” she would have felt it offended her religious beliefs. So why do the same to others? – Kate W.
The bank has every right to expect its employees to exercise common courtesy without pushing any sort of even minor religious agenda. – Guest
Let’s take a look at this from a Biblical point of view. Many religions see Jesus’ words at Matthew Chapter 28, verses 19 and 20 as a charge laid on Christ’s disciples to spread the good news about God’s Kingdom. Before ascending to heaven, Jesus said:
Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, follow these words, and they are the largest organized body of religious preachers around the world – with a ministry and presence of eight million in 239 lands. Every publisher spends voluntary time in the preaching work, patterned after the first century Christians.
The difference is – they come to you, at your home or in a public area. And if you dismiss them, while they may offer a reason or two why the message they carry is important, they will leave you in peace and with a smile. If you work with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you know them to be hardworking and have the utmost respect for your beliefs.
If Neace is a Christian as she claims to be, she should value the beliefs of others, and pay back, as Jesus said, “Caesar’s things to Caesar” and respect the fact her employer is asking her to refrain from her pushy proselytizing.
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